Varicose veins are dysfunctional blood vessels that have a characteristic twisted and ropey appearance. Although they are normally harmless, their presence prompts many people to seek some type of professional treatment. Sclerotherapy is a proven procedure for eliminating these problematic veins and has been around for several decades.
What are Varicose Veins?
A varicose vein is an abnormal blood vessel that typically appears on the legs, where blood must fight gravity the hardest. Veins are blood vessels responsible for returning deoxygenated blood back to the heart. They have one-way valves that do not allow backflow of blood into them. Varicose veins have faulty valves that allow blood to flow back and pool into them, leading to their characteristic enlarged appearance.
Do Varicose Veins Cause Any Symptoms?
Varicose veins do not always lead to symptoms. Some signs that you have them include the appearance of veins that are blue or dark purple or veins that appear bulging and twisted like cords on your legs.
Varicose veins can lead to a heavy or aching feeling in your legs, itching, skin discoloration, or swelling and muscle cramping in your lower legs. Other symptoms include pain that increases after standing or sitting for a long period of time.
What is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a popular treatment for varicose veins that has been around since the 1930s. It helps to eliminate both varicose veins and spider veins through the use of a solution that we inject into the vein. The solution has an irritating effect on the walls of the vein, causing it to collapse. After it has collapsed, it will be absorbed by your body. The blood it once contained will be taken up by other blood vessels nearby.
Am I a Good Candidate for Sclerotherapy?
Before undergoing a sclerotherapy treatment, you will have an initial consultation to determine if you would benefit from this procedure. Good candidates are in good overall health and have realistic expectations regarding the treatment and the results.
We can perform your procedure in-office, and it shouldn’t take very long to complete. We inject a sclerosing solution into the varicose vein. This causes the vein to collapse and be absorbed by your body, eliminating it.
By scheduling an initial consultation at Nourished MedSpa & Wellness Center in Sherman, you can learn if you would make a good candidate for a sclerotherapy procedure and receive more information on this effective technique for eliminating varicose veins and spider veins. Contact us today to book an appointment and get started!